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The Open command invokes the Select Font dialog to select a font
for browsing, querying, annotation, conversion, or editing.
The Face ID.Type Size list box displays the
of the fonts that are installed in this Smart Characters session. For an
explanation of these fields, see the
Install Bitmap Font(3-
- Select TrueType Size invokes the
Enter Point Size(3-
dialog to select a point size to display or copy optional Asian language DBCS
fonts supported by the optional
DoubleByte TrueType Font Interface(13-
The control is inactive when a fixed point size
is selected in the list box.
Enter Point Size dialog
The Enter Point Size dialog selects a point size to display optional
fonts supported by the optional
DoubleByte TrueType Font Interface(13-
The maximum size for display is 96 points, the default is 48 points. Set this
to copy characters from a TrueType font to a
The Add User command locates the default
set, and searches the first installed font for a suitable location for a new
character (e.g., a blank character or the end of the font), assigns a new user
then invokes the Font
This command is also invoked by the word processor Hanzi / Kanji
Add User Character(3-
The Install Font dialog installs and removes fonts from the Smart
- Face ID.Type Size is the
or resolution, and the
Select a font to setup or view.
- Setup invokes the
Install Bitmap Font(3-
dialog to install
- New copies the currently selected font installation parameters to a
new entry, and invokes the Install Bitmap Font dialog. Use this to
manually install a new font.
- Delete deletes and invalidates the entry. Note: if a deleted or
non-existent font is used in an open document, and a character in that font is
required for display, Smart Characters will attempt to re-install the font.
- Select TrueType Size sets the display size of a
font supported by the optional
DoubleByte TrueType Font Interface(13-
The default size is 48 points. The maximum size for display is 96 points. Set
this to copy characters from a TrueType font to a
The control is inactive when a fixed point size bitmap font is selected in the
- Install DoubleByte TrueType Font invokes the accessory
DoubleByte TrueType Font(13-
dialog to select and install Asian language DBCS TrueType fonts.
Install Bitmap Font
The Install Bitmap Font dialog opens and installs a new font. The dialog
is invoked by the
dialog New and Setup buttons. This dialog sets the parameters
needed to display and use an existing font file. Use this dialog to manually
install accessory Smart Characters fonts, or adapt fonts from other Asian word
processors for use by Smart Characters. See
Installing a Font(8-
Use Other Fonts(8-
Except for the Create command, the font file itself is not affected by
- Typeface is the
- Symbol Set is the
unique symbol set ID(8-
- Original indicates the font specification when the dialog was opened.
- Type is the
the font is used to display. Native fonts can be typed into Smart Characters
types, or used as
fonts (as they are used in native word processors). The special type
Alpha is a composite of all the Smart Characters alphabetic types.
- FirstCode is the first
For example, an English font may begin with the space character, Ascii code 32.
This number identifies a Chinese character font file's initial character
number, and is used when
are split into different
(e.g., I, II, III, etc.), each in its own file.
- Chars is the number of characters in this font file.
FirstCode plus Chars equals the last code, which together specify
the level or range of the characters in this file. Other files can be used to
store characters in higher or lower levels.
- This number is incremented automatically when adding
When manually adding new characters to the end of a font file, it does not hurt
to specify a larger number of characters than exist in the
since there is no higher level font to search.
- Format is the
font file type(8-
a description of the
font file format(8-
- File Name is
font file name(8-
- Browse invokes the
dialog to locate an existing font file or to specify a new font file name.
- Create creates a new font file according to the current t file
- Note: Create erases any existing file of that name.
redisplays the font in the
symbol set view(8-
- Y Size sets
at the normal screen resolution of 72 d.p.i.) or the
per character in the vertical direction. Typical values are 7, 8, 14, 15, 16,
23, 24, 32, 40, or 48.
- X Size (pixels in the horizontal direction) should be a multiple of
4, from 8 to 48. Smart Characters works only with byte-aligned fonts: scan
lines must start on a byte boundary.
- Base specifies the number of pixels to shift characters vertically
so that they align to the base line.
- Starting is the character offset of the font in a font file
containing several fonts. The first font in a file is located at character
offset zero. Subsequent fonts are located at increasing character offsets in
- Offset is the byte offset of the first character in the file. Adjust
this value to make the characters come out properly aligned with the character
cells. A small mis-adjustment "twists" a character, while larger errors split
characters between character cells.
- Horizontal specifies that the font is in horizontal byte order.
Horizontal byte order fonts store the glyph pattern as sequential scan lines.
Vertical byte order fonts store the pattern as sequential 8 pixel wide columns.
- Reverse specifies fonts in which foreground pixels are represented
by 0s instead of 1s, as used by Windows
- Begin sets the beginning character number of the display.
Create User Font
The Create User Font dialog creates a new
in a particular
and typeface and a variety of point sizes. Use this command initially to
install a user font with a symbol set unique to your system, for ease of
for electronic transmission (e-mail). You can also create additional user fonts
in the same symbol set to match other typefaces installed on your system.
This function defines your system's default user font symbol set and typeface.
Otherwise, the factory 1012:DefaultUser symbol set shipped with Smart
Characters is used in your documents, dictionaries, and
Although you can add characters to the DefaultUser font installed on your
system (e.g., in the tutorials), these characters will not match characters on
other systems, and cannot be used for e-mail.
If no unique symbol set is installed, this dialog is invoked automatically
every 10 launches to remind you to install a font. If you do not wish to
experience this reminder, set the
Scw.ini User Characters(B-
section Do Not Ask Times entry to -1.
If you have been assigned a Group Symbol Set ID, set the Group Symbol
Set entry to that ID.
After your unique
is defined, opening a document that uses the factory default DefaultUser
1012 symbol set invokes the
User Characters Display(3-
dialog to confirm whether or not to convert the default user symbol set to your
unique symbol set.
- TypeFace Name is the name of the standard typeface whose particular
style of character glyphs you are creating this font to match. You should start
with the default CombinedMing typeface.
- Symbol Set is the unique symbol set ID of the
stored on your workstation. Because different workstations use different user
fonts, their symbol set IDs must be kept unique to avoid conflicts with other
machines. For workstations with license numbers from 1 to 5, the value (from
10,000 to 59,999) is automatically calculated by adding the last four digits of
your software serial number to the license number multiplied by 10,000. For
license numbers greater than 6, or in the rare event that your ID conflicts
with another user's, the value is your license number plus a unique
Group Symbol Set ID available from
Apropos Customer Service(F-
- Typeface Code Letter (a-z) enter a letter single that will be added
to the point size and inserted between the point size and the symbol set id to
make an eight character DOS file name (e.g., 48m38225.fnt). Use a letter
that corresponds to the typeface (e.g., `m' for CombinedMing, or `h' for
- Substitute for Default select this to define the default workstation
user symbol set and typeface to be substituted for DefaultUser 1012.
This selection activates the automatic User Characters Display
- Create Sizes specifies font file point sizes to create and install.
The defaults of 48, 24, and 16 points are sufficient for good quality letter,
fax, and display.
- Copy from initializes the new font by copying all the characters
from the indicated existing user font.
User Characters Display dialog
The User Characters Display dialog appears when opening a document that
in the factory default 1012:DefaultUser
and a unique workstation user symbol set ID has been defined (using the
Hanzi / Kanji or symbol set view window File
Create User Font(3-
command. Use this dialog to convert existing documents, dictionaries, and
glossaries that use 1012:DefaultUser to your unique symbol set ID.
- File Name is the name of the document being opened.
- Display using 1012:DefaultUser causes the file to be opened and
displayed as is.
- Display using my user characters causes the file to be displayed
according to your default workstation user symbol set ID and typeface.
- Convert to my user symbol set substitutes your default workstation
user symbol set ID for the
symbol set index 1012:DefaultUser entry.
The Font Conversion dialog performs operations on a font as a whole,
combining or deleting characters into a larger or smaller
or changing the
When comparing, From is usually the reference or original, and To
is the unknown or modified.
To sets the
font that you wish to compare with or copy to. The Starting
specifies the destination location for comparison or copying. The Ending
character number is automatically calculated from the source range plus the
destination character number. Scaling invokes the
- From sets the font that you wish to base a comparison on or copy
from. The Starting and Ending character numbers specify a
source location and range for comparison or copying.
Compare From -
To compares the From and To fonts over the range specified by
the Starting and Ending controls, and creates a
in a new
for each pair of characters that do not match exactly. To see the differences
between the fonts, switch to the new window. The concordance lists the
From font as
symbol set index(4-
0 on the left, and the To font as symbol set index 1 on
the right. The
can be edited and saved just as any Smart Characters document using File |
Copy Characters copies a range of characters from the From font
to the To font, according to the Copy Method. Characters are
scaled and shifted according to settings in the
dialog. This is not the time to confuse From and To!
Copy Method sets which characters are copied, and which are not.
- By Range copies every character from the From Font Starting
character number to the From Font Ending # to a range of characters
beginning with the To Font Starting character number.
- Fwd Concordance and Rev Concordance uses the concordance file
in the currently-active document window. Forward assigns the left column
to the From font, and the right column to the To font.
Reverse reverses From and To.
The Print Range command creates a list of characters by invoking the
Create Character List(3-
- To print a
or font listing, create the list, adjust the formatting, then select File |
Create Character List
The Create Character List dialog creates a new document window
containing a list of characters. The list appearance depends on the text
generated by this dialog, and the formatting applied to the document window.
Chars/Line is the number of characters on a line. Long
lines are wrapped by the Format
Form, Margin, and Writing Direction settings. Characters
occupy space according to the
Point Size and Char Space settings, and the
Horizontal Spacing Pts. Char control.
- Beginning is the first character to list. This first
- Ending is the last character. To list the first 4000 characters,
Lines/Page inserts hard page breaks. Enter 0 to suppress hard
pages. Set Page Setup Margins and
Line Space so the listing breaks only at the hard page breaks, or vice
Font Mapping selects whether point sizes can be substituted in the
(Native, Combined) selects how character numbers are interpreted.
- Closest Size creates a list using the current font's typeface and
The list will be displayed using the font with the point size closest to the
resolution of the final rendered glyph. The glyph resolution depends upon the
display point size, zoom, and device resolution. Use this option to list the
characters in a symbol set.
- Scale This displays characters using only this font, regardless of
the resolution. The font is temporarily installed with unique typeface
name to prevent substituting another font. This listing cannot be saved. Use
this option to list a particular font file.
Lines / Header is the number of lines between extra line breaks and
notes character number headers. Enter 0 to suppress headers.
Format | Annotations | Vertical Spacing spaces the headers
Above the characters.
4 selects whether the notes character number headers display 3 or 4
Additional formatting is stored in the
User.ini Font List(B-
The Query command invokes the word processor
command on the selected character (the
displayed between Edit and Query). To select a character, click
The Annotate command invokes the
Verify Dictionary or Glossary Entry(3-
dialog to add a new entry to the active
for the selected character (the
displayed between Edit and Query). This is similar to the
Add Selection to User Dictionary(3-
command. To select a character, click it once.
The Select command adds the currently selected character (the
displayed between Edit and Query) to the
window. To select a character, Click it once. You can select several characters
in succession: each selection makes a separate entry in the list window.
To paste a selected character into a document, activate the document, then
select the character from the list window.
Previous and Next
The Previous and Next commands display the previous and next page
of characters, as does Page Up and Page Dn.
When displaying fonts with a fixed
range, a horizontal scroll bar appears to indicate the position of the starting
character in the valid range. You can grab the scroll bar thumbtab to quickly
jump to a position in the range, or use the
command to specify the exact beginning
The Start command selects the beginning
to display in the
symbol set view(8-
window. Enter a character number in the valid range browse this font, or
outside the range to browse any related font of the same typeface, size, and
code space, but a different
(range of character numbers).
Code Space selects how character numbers are used to access the font.
- Native displays the font in its native code space, with character
number 0 being the first valid code, and so forth.
- 0:Combined concords the Smart Characters
to the native
and displays the characters according to character numbers in the Combined
symbol set. Characters in the Combined symbol set that are not represented in
native symbol sets are displayed as missing characters.
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